1. What are the causes of knee pain?
Knee pain may be caused by injuries, such as a torn cartilage or a ruptured ligament. Certain medical conditions, such as gout, joint infections, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, also cause knee pain. Overuse or repeated use can also lead to knee pain.
2. Do I need surgery for the treatment of knee pain?
Most people will not need knee surgery. When other treatment methods fail, surgery proves effective to minimise or eliminate knee pain. The surgical options to treat knee pain include arthroscopic surgery, partial or total knee replacement surgery.
3. Does knee pain mean I have arthritis?
No, knee pain can be caused by several factors, out of which osteoarthritis is one. Arthritis simply means joint inflammation. Swelling, stiffness, and pain are the symptoms of arthritis-related knee pain. Gout (high uric acid levels), rheumatoid arthritis (autoimmune disease) and injury might also cause knee pain, that is not related to wear and tear (osteoarthritis).
4. What are the homecare measures for the management of knee pain?
Home remedies for knee pain include giving your knees some rest, wearing a compressive bandage, and keeping your knee elevated. Ice application helps in reducing pain and inflammation. You may apply heat too to reduce pain in case of chronic pain. Exercises and weight management too help manage knee pain.
5. Can Ayurveda help me in treating knee pain?
Ayurveda may help treat knee pain. According to ayurveda, either poorly nourished joints or low bone density and weakness in the joints are the significant causes of knee pain. Ayurvedic herbs are said to be effective anti-inflammatory medicines.